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Hakhel Newsletter October 2021

Hakhel Newsletter October 2021

October 11th, 2021

What's Inside: Community Spotlight | Sharing Resources | Monthly Quote   Dear Hakhel Communities, Last week (October 9), we read the famous Torah portion that tells the story of Noah (Noach), the righteous man who built an ark that preserved animals and humans[...]

Hakhel Newsletter September 2021

Hakhel Newsletter September 2021

August 31st, 2021

What's Inside: Sharing Resources | In the Spotlight Shalom,  About 4 months ago Israel announced it had “overcame Covid”, opened everything and life returned to normal, to how it used to be before 2020.  A few other countries were about to initiate similar[...]

Hakhel Newsletter July 2021

Hakhel Newsletter July 2021

July 27th, 2021

What's Inside: Sharing Resources | Upcoming Events and Opportunities | In the Spotlight Have you felt like you needed to take some time off? Have you ever wondered where Academia got the idea of a Sabbatical Year from? In 6 weeks we will[...]

Hakhel Spotlight: D I S T A N C E – A 9th Street Project

Hakhel Spotlight: D I S T A N C E – A 9th Street Project

November 17th, 2020

WHO? 9th Street is a community of Jewish multidisciplinary artists and creatives based in Johannesburg. Recently and together with seed money from Hakhel and a grant from the South African Cities Network, we embarked on a project to bridge the distances[...]

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Perspectives

June 3rd, 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 11th Sivan 5780 Dear All, I don’t feel like I have a lot of wisdom right now. This is hard. The lessons of Jewish history favor moderation, and striving to keep one’s balance. It is relatively easy for[...]

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Preparing for Pesach during COVID-19

Vayakhel-Pekudei: Preparing for Pesach during COVID-19

March 20th, 2020

by Leah Palmer, Hakhel Administrative Director I generally start cleaning for Pesach around January time, much to the displeasure of those living with me. The cleaning takes the form of taking everything out of the cupboard, cleaning up any dust and[...]

Meet the Hakhel Advisors: Noa

Meet the Hakhel Advisors: Noa

November 7th, 2019

Hakhel is an incubator for Jewish Intentional communities, and as such it provides members with a support package for three years. This support includes funding, training, networking, Israel trips, and the crown jewel: a personal professional advisor! Hakhel advisors provide communities[...]

The Ashamnu Prayer in the Year of Environmental Teshuva

The Ashamnu Prayer in the Year of Environmental Teshuva

October 8th, 2019

Yom Kippur 5780 An Invitation by Leah Palmer, Hakhel Administrative Director The “ashamnu” prayer from the Ashkenazic Yom Kippur service is once of the most iconic moments of the High Holiday prayers. The congregation stands in silence, beating their chests in regret[...]

Hakhel Blog: Leah Palmer

Hakhel Blog: Leah Palmer

September 11th, 2019

Several years ago, I was in shul on the morning of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and the Rabbi stood up to speak. They opened with: "What is the difference between the Jewish New Year on Rosh Hashanah, and[...]

Hakhel Spotlight: Zooz, Melbourne

Hakhel Spotlight: Zooz, Melbourne

July 18th, 2019

Zooz is a community in Melbourne, Australia which is run by for and young Jewish adults, aiming to provide these individuals with a framework for meaningful engagement with Judaism, Israel, and the wider community. Zooz members meet weekly on Wednesday nights[...]